The steplength selection is a crucial issue for the effectiveness of the stochastic gradient methods for large-scale optimization problems arising in machine learning. In a recent paper, Bollapragada et al.  propose to include an adaptive subsampling strategy into a stochastic gradient scheme. We propose to combine this approach with a selection rule for the steplength, borrowed from the full-gradient scheme known as Limited Memory Steepest Descent (LMSD) method  and suitably tailored to the stochastic framework. This strategy, based on the Ritz-like values of a suitable matrix, enables to give a local estimate of the local Lipschitz constant of the gradient of the objective function, without introducing line-search techniques, while the possible increase of the subsample size used to compute the stochastic gradient enables to control the variance of this direction. An extensive numerical experimentation for convex and non-convex loss functions highlights that the new rule makes the tuning of the parameters less expensive than the selection of a suitable constant steplength in standard and mini-batch stochastic gradient methods. The proposed procedure has also been compared with the Momentum and ADAM methods.
Steplength and Mini-batch Size Selection in Stochastic Gradient Methods / Franchini, G.; Ruggiero, V.; Zanni, L.. - 12566:(2020), pp. 259-263. (Intervento presentato al convegno 6th International Conference on Machine Learning, Optimization, and Data Science, LOD 2020 tenutosi a ita nel 2020) [10.1007/978-3-030-64580-9_22].